"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it,  if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you  against the present." - Marcus Aurelius

"I distinguish four types. There are clever, hardworking, stupid, and  lazy officers. Usually two characteristics are combined. Some are clever  and hardworking; their place is the General Staff. The next ones are  stupid and lazy; they make up 90 percent of every army and are suited to  routine duties. Anyone who is both clever and lazy is qualified for the  highest leadership duties, because he possesses the mental clarity and  strength of nerve necessary for difficult decisions. One must beware of  anyone who is both stupid and hardworking; he must not be entrusted with  any responsibility because he will always only cause damage." - Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord

"To succeed in the world, it is much more necessary to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool than to discover who is a clever man." - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

"If some countries have too much history, we have too much geography" - Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King

"The best is the enemy of good" - Voltaire